"What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children's growth into the world is not that it is a better school than the schools, but that it isn't a school at all."
-- John Holt
Lifelong Learning Begins Here
Located on 35 acres in Lafayette, CA Wild Oak's curriculum and approach to childhood development are based upon various curricula, and speak to the whole child. Our aim is to provide an eclectic approach to education and use what nature offers us.
We recognize that children are curious and passionate- and that imagination ultimately drives their desire to learn. We teach to the “head, heart and hands”, which offers a balance of cognitive and emotional intelligence, individuality, and physical activity through daily rhythms.
As a result, our students emerge as confident, well-rounded citizens with a strong work ethic and thirst for learning — aware of their limitless potential and ready to contribute to their communities and the world.
We invite you to join our community of parents and trained teachers dedicated to the love of life-long learning.
Ignite a Fire
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” — Plutarch
Curiosity and the love of learning are a fire. Igniting and fueling that fire are our cherished task as parents and educators.
Teaching children at the developmentally appropriate time is essential.
At Wild Oak, we have a deep understanding and respect for each child’s developmental stages, with an environment that nurtures each individual through love, warmth, creativity, free play, joy, humor, artistic expression, and cultivated aesthetic surroundings.
Inspire Hearts Before Minds
Inspire the heart and the mind will follow…
Before teaching a child how to read, one must inspire a love of literacy.
Before teaching math, one must instill a love of rhythm, song and dance.
Before teaching botany, one must cultivate a love of exploration into the mysteries of the wilderness.
At Wild Oak, academics are taught through imaginative play, artistic activities, simple crafts, verses, songs, puppetry, fairy tales, gardening, nature walks, and more.
A true Renaissance education, our students spend the first few years laying a firm and rich foundation in the development of their curiosity and imagination. It is through this foundation they are able to absorb abstract concepts and wholeheartedly engage in the more rigorous academics of the upper grades.
The philosophy of inspiring the heart before engaging the mind, enables our students to develop capacities that eventually outpace those in mainstream education, helping them become fully balanced, lifelong learners, through college and beyond.
A Global Movement
Toward a Different Way
With increased media attention on how mainstream education is failing our children, it is no surprise that many families are choosing to Homeschool.
For many children the pressures of being averaged and compared translate into distress, and a loss of curiosity and their love of learning.
In 2011, The New York Times sparked national media coverage with its front page story on why Silicon Valley parents are turning to Waldorf Education, one of several curricula the students at Wild Oak are exposed to.
Preparing for Life
This film expands up where the New York Times story left off. It was created in the Silicon Valley by the Waldorf School of the Peninsula. Entrepreneurs, Stanford researchers, investment bankers, and parents who run some of the largest high tech companies in the world, weigh-in on what children need to navigate the challenges of the 21st Century in order to find success, purpose, and joy in their lives.
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